Sports Shorts 05-19-16

Sports Shorts 05-19-16

Ozen football coach resigns after 2 years

The Ozen Panther football program will look for a fourth new head coach in five seasons as David Suggs announced his resignation May 10 after two seasons. Suggs and the Panthers were 9-12 in two seasons with one playoff appearance, finishing the 2015 slate with a 5-5 record.

In 18 years, Ozen has an 89-101 football record and has made the playoffs in just 10 of 18 seasons.

May 12, Ozen saw 10 football players sign scholarships to play at the next level, including Edward Adams (McMurry University), Kris Narcisse (Louisiana College), Dedren Harrington (Louisiana College), Arthur Harmon (Louisiana College), Emmanuel Smith (Sul Ross State), Ekyron Manuel (Sull Ross State), Diundre Washington (Texas A&T), Dezmon Simpson (Texas A&T), Jordan Booker (Texas A&T) and Travon Gipson (Texas A&T).

Former Ozen standout Terran Vaughn signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders and reported to rookie camp last week. Vaughn, an offensive lineman, played in 46 games while starting in 38 for Stephen F. Austin.

Track & Field

The UIL state track & field championships were held May 12-14 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

The Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks won Class 4A as Reagan Padgett set a new 4A record in the 200-meter dash in 23.41 on her way to win gold. The Lady Hawks 4x200-meter relay also won gold in a time of 1:40.38. Wreagan Taylor won bronze in the 100-meter hurdles

Mallory Dotson of Deweyville won two gold medals in Class 3A — discus (138-03) and shot put (43-04.50).

On the boys side, Kary Vincent of Port Arthur Memorial won the 6A 200-meter dash in 21.09. Other boys medalists were Samuel Taylor of Vidor (Silver, 5A high hump, 6-06.3); Jared Dupree of West Orange-Stark (Silver, 4A, high jump, 6-07); Grayland Arnold of Kountze (3A, 100-meter dash, 10.62); and Darien Ballard of Kirbyville (Gold, 3A, 200-meter dash, 21.74). The Kirbyville 4x100-meter won silver with a time of 42.12.

The Kelly High School track team competed at the TAPPS state championship May 6-7 in Waco. Sophomore Caroline Kirschner earned bronze for the second consecutive year in the 800-meter run.


Several athletes from Southeast Texas competed in the UIL state tennis championship held at Texas A&M in College Station from May 16-17.

In 5A, Jaci Wong of Nederland lost to Samantha Wong of Grapevine in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0.

In Class 4A, Josie Legato of Hardin-Jefferson lost to Hannah Boubel of Fredericksburg in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1. The mixed doubles team of Ryan Martinez and Kaleigh Trabing of Silsbee lost in the quarterfinals to a team from Abilene Wylie, 6-4, 6-2.

In Class 3A, Dominique Leh of Kirbyville lost in the semifinals to Abby Alexander of Wall, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; and Cameron Coker and Caleb Dinger of Woodville lost in the quarterfinals to a team from Tulia, 6-1, 6-1.


The 3A No. 1 Eagles of Woodville are the lone Southeast Texas softball team remaining in the playoffs. The Lady Eagles will next play in the Region III semifinals in a best-of-three series with Malakoff beginning Thursday, May 19, at Central Pollok High School at 6 p.m. Game 2 will be Saturday, May 21, at 4 p.m.


Five teams from the area are still alive in the UIL baseball playoffs, all in Class 4A.

In the Quarterfinal round, WO-S will play Bridge City in a best-of-three series beginning Thursday, May 19, at Vincent-Beck Stadium at Lamar at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Jasper High School. If needed, Game 3 will be Saturday in Jasper at 11 a.m.

Silsbee and LC-M will play a winner-take-all game Thursday at Jasper High School at 7 p.m.

Jasper will play Carthage in a one-game series on Friday, May 20, at Lufkin High School at 7:30 p.m.

LC-M athletics

Two student-athletes from Little Cypress-Mauriceville will move on to the next level and play collegiate sports. Weston Floyd will run track for Lamar University, and Lauren Cox will play golf for Texas State in San Marcos.

Cox, who ranks in the Top 7 percent of her class, played varsity golf all four years in high school and set a new school record by shooting a 69 in a tournament earlier this season.

Two bass fishing teams from LC-M placed near the top at the latest High School Fishing Tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn on May 15.

Jack Tindle and Collin Currie finished seventh with a 17.32-pound total, and Justin Lee and Hunter Fant were eighth with 17.23 pounds. LC-M also had six teams in the top 50 with over 421 teams competing.


During the Motiva Scramble for Junior Achievement at Bayou Din on May 6, Jason Parks of Nederland aced his first hole-in-one on Hole 7, using a 7-iron from 163 yards out. Witnesses were John Comer, Bryce Tyson and Roger Lindsay.